Samanar Hills, Madurai

4.2
Geologic Formation · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Samanar Hills or Samanar Malai is a hill rock complex located in Keelakuyilkudi village, 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India. The hill has been declared as a protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India.
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  • Samanar hills is good place for small picnic with friends and family. View from hills is really good. We have took many memorable pics.  more »
  • An early start but well worth it.A 300 step climb up the magnificent hill.monkeys and sunrise and a visit to the temple. After the climb you are rewarded with a great view over the lake and temple.  more »
  • A very historical place with positive vibration can be felt especially on top of the hill. Nice location with breath taking view. Inner peace can be felt with calmness.  more »
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  • Quite a nice view form atop. The landscape is more impressive on the rocks closely around rather than the landscape from afar. Access is also not easy by public transportation but there is a public bus passing some 20min walking from the hill
  • Good place to climb the mountain and see the city view. They should have provided better security arrangement. This is not the usual places one visits in Madurai. We had hired a taxi and showed driver the place on google maps. The communication was a little difficult but we could make it here. We did not know what to expect
  • Such a beautiful place to enjoy nature with mountains and trees don't miss it if you're near madurai
  • It is good place to have fun with friends during the trek....avoid during noon time...best time would be after 3....
  • Best place for a short trekking and spending evenings. The Jain Temple associated with Samanar hills is a heritage place. This place is located on the outskirts of Madurai near to Salem-Madurai highway. There is a Lotus pond at the bottom of the rocky hill. We can climb to the top of the hill using the steps engraved on the rocks. Around the middle position, the steps ends and we have to walk through slippery slops and this may be dangerous during rainy season. The view from the top of the hill is fantastic. We can see a beautiful remote view of the Outskirts of Madurai from here. Viewing sunset from here is a great idea. The best time to visit is after rainy season and early morning or evenings. Any time else, the blistering heat from the sun is intolerable and there is not much cover to protect from the heat. There are good amount of parking space through the side of village road. The area is less populated and there is not much rush. The area is highly recommended if you are visiting Madurai and has plenty of time to spend in an evening. Note: Keep some drinking water with you while climbing you will need it. My Ratings: Excellent scenery / views (5/5) Good parking space (5/5) Calm and quiet (5/5) Great for photographs (5/5) Good for light trekking / hill climbing (5/5) No comforts like toilets, shops, hotels (0/5) The heat from the sun is intolerable (0/5)

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